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Meet an IS Scholar: Interview with Sirkka Jarvenpaa

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It is our pleasure to introduce a new OCIS Video Series titled “Meet an IS Scholar.” As part of this video series, we will feature senior scholars who are willing to share their wealth of experience with the OCIS research community in an informal and engaging way. These videos are meant to inspire OCIS members and reinforce a sense of community. While we produce these videos with the OCIS student community in mind, we hope that they will appeal to a broader audience.

Our inaugural video in this series features an interview with Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, at the 2018 Meeting of the Academy of Management in Chicago, IL. The interview consists of two parts:

  1. In the first part (8m39s), Sirkka shares some interesting anecdotes from her career in IS, her perspective on the state of IS research, and her thoughts on where the field might be going.
  2. In the second part (6m50s), Sirkka provides advice on how to successfully complete a Ph.D. and enter the job market, along with other career-related thoughts.

These videos were produced by Jean-Charles Pillet (Grenoble Ecole de Management) and Maheshwar Boodraj (Georgia State University), OCIS Student Representatives-at-Large, as part of the OCIS Video Series.

OCIS Mission statement and renaming strategic exercise

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Dear OCIS members,

As many of you know, for the last two and a half years the division has engaged in an important strategic exercise to update its mission statement and perhaps as well change its name to reflect important new trends in scholarship and practice of great importance to our division members.

Here is an update on the progress of this important initiative, and to ask for your feedback on it.

Last year, a poll of the OCIS membership indicated that a new name could be useful. The most popular proposed name was: Communication, Technology, and Organizing (CTO), with 43% of the votes. Of note, though, 35% of survey respondents expressed an interest in keeping the current name for the division.

This year, to continue this important work, a task force was created, with the following members:

Abayomi Baiyere, Michael Barrett, Maria Binz-Scharf, Sabine Brunswicker, Jennifer Gibbs, Steven Johnson, Marco Marabelli, Likeobe Maruping, Molly Wasko, and Mary-Beth Watson Manheim.

Thank you all for your participation and great ideas!

Upon meetings and discussions, the task force concurred with the results of last year’s poll and considered that CTO would be a promising new name for the division. In addition, it worked well and hard to propose the following new mission statement for the division:

The Communication, Technology, and Organizing (CTO) [or Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS)] Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) promotes an interdisciplinary approach to further the understanding of the behavioral, social, and economic processes at the intersection of communication, technology, and organizing.

It constitutes a vibrant, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating community, open to scholars from a wide range of disciplines, theoretical frameworks, and research methods, who are conducting cutting-edge research based on rigorous and creative scholarship.

Major topics of interest include: Organizational communication, information systems, distributed work, information and communication technologies, knowledge and innovation processes, organizational design and strategy, and IT impacts and outcomes.

Examples of submissions included in past programs have been related to, among others:  the changing nature of work, digital transformation, social networks, virtual teams, digital platforms, management of information systems, online communities, user-generated content and social media, big data, processes of digitalization, knowledge work, organizational innovation, organizational change, globalization, new organizational forms, IT diffusion and infrastructure, sharing economy, the quantified self. The CTO [or OCIS] Division is open to multiple methods and theories.

CTO [or OCIS]: Come for the research, stay for the network!

For comparison purposes, below is the current mission statement, last updated in 2003:

“OCIS focuses on the study of behavioral, economic, and social aspects of communication and information systems within and among organizations or institutions. Major topics include: interpersonal communication; verbal, nonverbal, and electronic communication; vertical, horizontal and diagonal communication; inter-group and intra-group communication; communication networks; applications of information technology in business and society; organizational adoption of communication and information technology; communication and information strategy and policy; communication and organizational culture; communication and information research methodology; managing information technology services; virtual teams, virtual work, and virtual organizations; the management of information systems professionals; e-communications; information systems development; managing IT-related organizational change; e-business, e-commerce, and e-markets; electronic value systems, value chains, and value webs; privacy and ethics; knowledge work, knowledge workers, and knowledge networks; IT infrastructure; governance of IT services; and organizational networks.”

At this point, it is crucial that all OCIS members provide their input on these developments:

* What do you think of the proposed name change for the division?

* What do you think of the proposed new mission statement for the division?

To make it easy for you to provide this feedback, we have created a short survey, available at:

Your participation and input regarding the proposed changes by June 24th will be invaluable for the division: thank you very much in advance!

OCIS nominations are open

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Dear OCIS Members,
The OCIS Division is accepting nominations for several important volunteer roles.  We will be electing members to the following positions:
Program Chair Elect  (1)
Representative-at-Large (2)
International Representative-at-Large  (2)
Student Representative-at-Large (1)
Please visit the OCIS website to see the duties of each position.
Having served the OCIS Division for 5 years, I can confirm that this is serious and important work, but also that it is a lot of fun to get to know and work with many talented colleagues in our division!   I strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to nominate yourself or a colleague who is willing and able to contribute to the leadership of OCIS.
To nominate candidates, please visit and follow the  instructions to log-in to your Academy profile. Once you log-in, select ‘Nominate Now’ for Organizational Communication and Information Systems.
Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!
Nominations will remain open until February 28.
For more info please contact, Mary Beth Watson-Manheim (OCIS Past Division Chair):

Call for reviewers, papers and PDW!!

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Please consider registering as an OCIS reviewer!! ( This is the most important service you can give to our community.

Do not forget to submit one or more papers to the Scholarly Program ( and…

you might want to check out the call forPDW (


For more info you can contact Likoebe Maruping ( (papers submission) and Ola Henfridsson ( (PDW)